Tema, June 12, GNA - Government is considering
a proposal to classify all abandoned vehicles, machinery and other wreckages as
scrap to be collected for recycling.
Disclosing this to the Ghana News Agency, Mr T.P. Patnaik, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rider Steel Ghana Limited, producers of iron rods and steel products, said the country’s roads as well as inner cities are littered with such items which pose danger to motorists and residents but are needed by steel millers for recycling.
“From what we know, some of these vehicles have been abandoned for so long that, nobody knows the owner or how it even got there. We have a lot of wreckages on our highways and in fact everywhere and this government wants to deal with this phenomenon once and for all, “he said.
He said the collection would bring about a new wave of employment considering the huge number of such items all over the country.
“People will collect them and make money. This is another decent way of earning a living. And another way of turning a social problem into an industrial solution,” he said.
He said an amount of 280,000 dollars had been invested into clean technology as part of the company’s efforts to mitigate the effects of production on the environment.
According to him, his 100,000 tonne steel milling plant employed over 160 people who had two nurses around the clock and dedicated health facilities in Tema to take care of serious injuries.
Mr Patnaik said apart from paying the school fees of workers’ children and other benefits, the company had a strong social responsibility programme which aimed at providing comfort and needs of host communities.
“This year, we received request from orphanages that we support and have gathered all the items which include shoes, books, black and white boards and bicycles. The children will soon have them, “he said.